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The Really Real S&P 500

I wrote a post called "The Real Dow" a couple of months ago about how the press almost always fails... More

Gensler, Derivatives, and the Causes of the Crisis

A Times story brings up several critical points for coverage of Wall Street and reform

The New York Times profiles Gary Gensler, the Goldman alum and former deregulation advocate who's now pursuing reform with the... More

Audit Notes: FT “News,” Overdrafts Over at BofA, No Marketwatchdog

There they go again. The Financial Times has a scoop so big it thought it decided we media types couldn't... More

Cranston Attorney Now a Journal Star

It's probably a bad sign if you're a Rhode Island lawyer who's the subject of two page-one Wall Street Journal... More

Times Peeks Inside CFPA Dealmaking

The New York Times has a great scoop on the making of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency bill sausage. No... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin GOP, Multi-Task Meacham, Salmon, Simon

Andrew Ross Sorkin dips his toe into political commentary today in his DealBook column. Maybe he should stick to mergers:... More

Big Money, No Funny

I get that everybody's trying to hop on the video bandwagon now since ad CPMs are so much higher than... More

Credit Cards, Credit Scores, and Citigroup

In case you didn't know it—the banks still have you over a barrel. David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times... More

Lowenstein’s Consumer Protection Stinker

Faulty logic and a false choice on banks

Roger Lowenstein is too contrarian for his own good with his latest Bloomberg column. He writes that "Smart Banks With... More

Audit Notes: Glades Crusade, Greenspan Deflects, Whatever Happened to…?

The New York Times's excellent investigation into Florida's deal for thousands of acres in the Everglades finds an awful lot... More

Bloomberg Shows Banks Teetering with Market Prices

Some good reporting by Bloomberg today shows how the banking system is dependent on make-believe accounting to help prop it... More

Before Preemption There Was Riegle-Neal

That may be the least-SEO-friendly headline of all time, but hey, we're not the Huffington Post! This from the Journal's... More

Audit Notes: God of Journalism, Pandit Panned, Wolff’s Own Medicine

The new-hire newsroom memo has long been a hotbed of puffery—a place where journalists consistently put aside their cynicism and... More

Carrying Water for White-Collar Criminals

William D. Cohan pleads for a Goldman convict to be pardoned

Edward Ericson Jr. of Baltimore City Paper points us to a long, weird William D. Cohan blog piece at New... More

Revisiting That Hyped WSJ Hedge-Fund Story

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an odd story on its front page headlined "Hedge Funds Pound Euro"—something Felix... More

Audit Notes: Bennett on Health Care, Fortune, WaPo Digital, Facebook

Bloomberg editor Amanda Bennett has a remarkable story today recounting her husband's battle with cancer, how much it cost to... More

TNR on Obama and Regulation

Secretary of Audit Dean Starkman has often criticized the press for its lackluster coverage of regulation, while acknowledging that it's... More

CNBC Millionaires Don’t Believe in Predatory Lending

Barry Ritholtz points to this ludicrous CNBC segment where everyone gangs up on Janet Tavakoli for pointing out the obvious:... More

Audit Notes: Monopoly Culture, Health Care, SNLers on CFPA

Thomas Frank reviews an interesting-looking book on monopolies in the American economy—one that argues that there are more than you... More

The NYT Muffs the Second-Day Fed-CFPA Story

The New York Times tries to play catch-up on the proposal to put the Consumer Financial Protection Agency inside the... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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